Rich Crandall, director of our K-12 Lab since 2008, is joining the team at NewSchools Venture Fund as Associate Partner.
A Teach for America alum with an MBA from Stanford, Rich spent four years at the d.school focused on spreading design thinking amongst K-12 educators and students. During that time he affected countless teachers, graduate students, school administrators, policy-makers, entrepreneurs and K-12 students, helping to strengthen their creative confidence and develop their innovation skills. In the past year alone, Rich personally ran workshops that exposed over 500 educators to design thinking.
Rich’s deep level of empathy for, and ability to unlock the creative potential of his students is an inspiration to all those who have taught alongside him. His passion for all things pirate, robot, and habit of embarking on treasure hunts will be sorely missed as fixtures of the d.school culture.
At the same time we’re incredibly excited that Rich is joining the team at one of the d.school’s valued partners, NewSchools. With this change in context Rich will be able to continue to expand the scale of his personal impact as a catalyst for innovation within the education sector. As NewSchools presses forward in its mission to transform public education for low-income children, we are enthusiastic to support Rich’s contributions and explore opportunities for future d.school/NewSchools collaboration as they arise.
For more, read NewSchools’ announcement welcoming Rich to their team.
Going forward, the d.school will be working on a reframe of the K-12 Lab and defining new leadership opportunities within the organization as part of that effort. We will take some time to be thoughtful about this important aspect of our work and will share more information later in the spring. We remain committed to innovation in the broader education sector and will be announcing specific plans for a graduate level course and our summer teacher workshop around mid-February.
Please visit the d.school website at that time for more information, or sign up for the K12 newsletter by sending that request to firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more.